September 15, 1999 Geneva, NY— Was the appearance of life on planet Earth an accident? Is earthly life the result of something that was planned? In what way are answers to questions such as these of importance to people in our society – both those who profess religious beliefs and those who do not? Hobart and William Smith Colleges is proud to co-sponsor a public lecture titled “Is Design Evident in the Foundation of Life?” where these questions will be addressed by Michael J. Behe. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 26, at the Trinity Episcopal Church, 520 South Main Street.
Behe is a professor of biochemistry at Lehigh University and author of Darwin's Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution. Following his lecture, a panel discussion of distinguished scientists and theologians, including Carol A. Parish, assistant professor of chemistry at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, will further examine the issues raised.
Other panelists include Douglas C. Knipple, associate professor of entomology at Cornell University; Gregory Peterson, professor of religious studies at Thiel College; and Nancy Ring, professor of religious studies at LeMoyne College. The lecture and panel discussion will be followed by a question and answer session at 4:30 p.m., in which the audience will be invited to participate.
Behe's lecture will include concentration on the development of evolution and why it is important to understand themes of Darwinian philosophy. “Emotions run very deep on the subject of evolution, and while the morality play generally casts religious people as the ones who want to limit discussion, some scientists on the ‘rational' side could fit that role, too. But if we want our children to become educated citizens, we have to broaden discussion, not limit it,” Behe said.
The event is jointly sponsored by Hobart and William Smith Colleges, the Trinity Episcopal Church, and St. Stephen's Roman Catholic Church.
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